proparacaine-ophthalmic, Alcaine, Ophthetic (cont.)
SIDE EFFECTS: Redness, burning, or stinging of the eye(s) may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: eye pain, eye swelling, vision changes. Tell your doctor immediately if dryness or cracking of the skin on the fingertips occurs. This may be a sign of a skin allergy (e.g., allergic contact dermatitis). If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: other eye problems (e.g., cataracts, infections), allergies (especially drug allergies). Prolonged use of eye anesthetics is not recommended; doing so could cause permanent eye problems (e.g., corneal opacities) or loss of vision. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially of: other eye medications (drops or ointments). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. This medication may be harmful if swallowed. Symptoms of an overdose may include, loss of vision or irregular heartbeat.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist to establish a new dosing schedule.
STORAGE: Refrigerate between 36 and 46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005
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